Sunday, July 16, 2006

James and I hit a local carp water yesterday. We started pretty early, so Mom could have the AM to herself... great deal all around (thanks JB)! At 830 we found a very active flat on which 4 carp were feeding with backs out of the water. I thought we were in business for sure... but this was our first attempt at tandem fishing. We tried to stalk these fish, but James kept yelling "buckle, buckle, buckle!" - telling me to give him the buckle he'd seen on the backpack so he could play with it. Add to that the poor casting display I put on and the result is a bunch of spooked fish. We really hacked up that opportunity. We went two hours without seeing many more fish... and the few we saw we spooked. Finally we spotted this long, thin fish (probably 5-6 lbs) in pretty shallow water, and got a good connection. He took line almost across the entire river - surprisingly ran further than did that big fish from earlier in the week. However, he was not as strong - took only ~5 minutes to land as opposed to the 14 for the big fish. When I hooked this fish James was actually running around the bank - he had tired of the pack and had let me know that he wanted to get out by shouting "all gone, all gone!" When the fish came to the shallows, James got pretty excited - yelling "fishy, fishy, fisheeey!" After landing, he wanted to touch the fish, so I set the carp on the bank for a a few seconds before releasing. The carp got muddy, which I regret, but I helped him on his way and he swam off with enthusiasm. "Fishy all gone, fishy bye-bye" was the salutation that was an appropriate end to a great day on the water for father and son.


Blogger John Montana said...

good stuff...elia gets excited every time i hook a fish and from the moment i hook up she starts yelling "net! net!" i think that is her favorite part of the whole deal.

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Blogger amanda said...

Great fishing story!
Children definitely add a twist to our activities; sometimes things are more complicated, other times things don't go as planned... But the moments of triumph when all the work pays off and you're together and sharing a great experience are by far the greatest reward reward - Good times are even more valuable when shared!

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